Corbin Ltd. Store


As picture here, the Corbin outlet store in downtown Huntington was first located
at 416 10th. St.  Latter it moved to the Radisson Hotel.


HUNTINGTON -- In 1946, Nathan Corbin, a Russian immigrant, and his sons
 Lee and Howard founded a clothing manufacturing company in Brooklyn, New York.

But they grew tired of the seemingly constant strife with their Brooklyn workforce, so in 1957 they
packed everything up and headed to Huntington, where Corbin Ltd.,
 opened a small plant with 40 workers.

Corbin was making the right product at the right time. It introduced flat-front men's trousers that were a far cry
from the voluminous pleated pants other manufacturers had long been making. Many men eagerly
 ditched their old pleated pants in favor of Corbin's trim-fitting version,
marketed across the country at top-of-the-line retailers.

The clothing company grew rapidly. Soon it added suits and sport coats for men and a stylish
line of women's clothing. By 1988 Corbin's annual revenues had grown to $50 million,
 with more than 1,000 workers at its plants in Huntington and Ashland.

Bargain-conscious shoppers flocked to the company's outlet stores in downtown
Huntington, at the Huntington Mall and in Charleston.

But in 2003, facing rising production costs and increasingly costly employee benefits, Corbin management
decided to change its business model; from that of primarily a manufacturer to that of primarily a
wholesaler of specialty menswear. It closed its plants in Huntington and
 Ashland and laid off its few remaining workers.

In April 2003, Corbin filed for bankruptcy protection. Shortly thereafter, the Individualized
Apparel Group (IAG) purchased Corbin's assets. The Huntington and
Ashland plants were not part of the IAG deal.


Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on Mar. 30 , 2015


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